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Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: Dangerous Surrender by Katie Reus

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: October 21, 2014

A cold-blooded killer wants her dead.

After her friend is murdered right before her eyes, Taylor uses her wits to escape with just a bullet wound, thankful to be alive. But now the killer isn’t the only one after her—the cops are, too, and Taylor’s not sure she can trust them—or anybody else in her life in California. She decides to turn to her old friend in Vegas, racing there with just the clothes on her back, only to arrive and realize he’s off on his honeymoon. Desperate, she breaks in and crashes.

A former Marine is determined to protect her.

When former Marine Roman MacNeil finds a gorgeous stranger unconscious and bleeding in his friend’s shower, his first thought is to help her . . . until she tries to knock him out with a vodka bottle. Lucky for Taylor, Roman isn’t a man who goes down easily. When he realizes the trouble she’s in, he’s determined to protect her—whatever it takes. As they’re thrust into a deadly situation they discover an attraction they never bargained for. But a determined killer is closing in, and time may be running out.

My first thought when I started reading Dangerous Surrender was “Oh good, I’m not that far behind in the series” because I really enjoyed this one!

After witnessing her friend’s murder and barely escaping with her life, Taylor hauls ass to Las Vegas to ask an old friend for help. When she arrives, she finds out that her friend is on his honeymoon. Desperate, she breaks into his house and promptly passes out. When she comes to she’s terrified to see a man looming over her and reacts by trying to bash him with a bottle of alcohol.

Roman feels an instant connection to Taylor and as a favor to their mutual friend, decides to help Taylor prove she didn’t commit murder and keep her alive until the real murderer is caught. It isn’t long before Roman’s skills are being put to the test as attempts on Taylor’s life are made. Spending so much time together is bound to set off some serious sparks.

Dangerous Surrender is the fourth book in The Serafina Sin City series but I had no problem following along with this story. I do admit to being curious about the past books in the series but there were no major spoilers that would ruin my reading experience.

I liked Taylor; she was a smart woman in a powerful position in terms of her job. She was confident in what she did and genuinely liked her job. After the murder was committed, she managed to mostly hold it together and be a genuine help to the investigation. Her quick thinking and computer nerd status helped Roman and the police corner and eventually catch the person responsible. Taylor was never useless, nor did she expect the big, handsome man to take over and solve her problems.

With Roman however, I felt like I didn’t truly get to know him. He doesn’t say too much about himself, and I would have liked a little more interaction between him and his twin so I could get a better handle on who he was as a man. One thing that was clear: He was trustworthy. So much so that he was caring for his friend’s beloved dog while he was away on his honeymoon. I never could resist a man who was good with animals.

As a couple Roman and Taylor didn't fully convince me. In all the time they spent together hiding Taylor from the murderer I felt like they didn’t get to know each other well enough for their romance to be believable. Neither of them knew where the other came from, no childhood stories were traded, nothing. Sure the physical attraction was there but without them really connecting on an emotional level, their “romance” fell a little flat for me. Their physical chemistry was there, I’m not denying that but I would have liked a little more of a connection between them emotionally before the “L” word got tossed out at the end. Still, I liked them as a couple even if Roman was a little domineering at times.

Final Verdict: Overall, Dangerous Surrender was an exciting read. The pace was great, brisk but not too fast as to lose me in the rush, the action scenes were well written and the characters were likable. I’ve said it before and I’m pretty sure I’ll say it again and again but I really do need to read the previous books in this series and in Katie Reus’ other series as well because I enjoy her writing style.

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